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No Room at the Inn: Women's Facility Loses Battle With Fortune 500 Company
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

It’s a hard truth that, in the real world, Goliath sometimes beats David. It’s a hard truth that, in the real world, Goliath sometimes beats David. In the July issue of  Sojou ...

10 Myths of Abuse in the Church
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

As a mental health professional, I have observed that many myths of sexual abuse continue to stand in the way of love and healing for survivors of abuse and the community of faith. ...

Church Whistle-Blowers Join Forces on Abuse
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

Priests and nuns have quietly banded together to support victims and speak out against protection of sexual predators in the Roman Catholic Church. A group of priests and nuns, ...

Five Questions with Author of 'The Invisible Girls'
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Sarah Thebarge is the author of The Invisible Girls, a new memoir from Jericho Books. I was fortunate to get a few minutes to ask her a few questions about her touching, funny, compelling new piece of work. ...

It's Time for Outrage: Sexual Violence and the Church
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Press

May 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Women, Voice, and Pentecost
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 1:20pm | Type: Blog

Repentance begins in the heart. So, I must ask: “Will I repent of my silence — my safe silence?” Yes. And a wild wind rushed down and tongues of fire rested on the heads of the ...

What If 'Sex Week' Came to First Baptist Church?
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Blog

With apologies to Campfield’s ever-vigilant protection of Christian sensibilities, the real problem here is not that mandatory student fees are being used to promote sexual education and awareness. The problem ...

Celebrity, Identity, and Angelina Jolie's Medical Choice
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

I don’t feel scandalized or in a position to judge. She made a personal decision and because she’s a personage she went public with it; it’s as simple as that. On Tuesday,  Angel ...

Disney Princesses, Merida's Makeover, and Empowering Girls
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

Maybe sexualized images are more marketable, but that is not the point — empowering our girls is. I’m pleased that Disney has reversed its decision to alter one of their best examples of an empowered girl. I h ...

How Abercrombie & Fitch Became Uncool
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

Over the weekend, BusinessInsider.com published an article titled “Abercrombie & Fitch Refuses to Make Clothes for Large Women.” The article included a comment made by Abercrombie CEO Mike Jeffries in 2006 ...

It's Time for Outrage: Sexual Violence and the Church
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

It's time for all people of faith to be outraged. It's time for our Christian leaders to stand up and say that women, made in the very image of God, deserve better. And it's time for us in the f ...

In the Image of God: Sex, Power, and ‘Masculine Christianity’
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

Most of us are too familiar with this story: an Upper Midwestern Baptist minister claims that “God made Christianity to have a masculine feel [and] ordained for the church a masculine ministry.” Or a Reformed ...

Break the Chains of Modern Slavery
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Resources to help you raise awareness about--and liberate--the slaves among us. Thousands of wo ...

AUDIO: The Battle for the Anna Louise Inn
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 1:49pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Dawn Araujo As Sojourners editorial assistant Dawn Araujo recounts in “ No Room at the Inn ,” from the June ...

PHOTOS: A Historical Look at the Anna Louise Inn
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 8:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo The Anna Louise Inn first opened in 1909. Built on the Taft family’s front yard, the Inn provided safe and affordable housing for women in Cincinnati. Since then, the I ...

What Angelina Jolie’s Mastectomy Teaches Us About the Stigma of Mental Illness
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

To shift the stigma of mental illness the way White did for HIV/AIDS and begin a public conversation the way Jolie has for preventative mastectomy, the mental health movement needs an everyday champion. ...

Ariel Castro: 'I Am a Sexual Predator. I Need Help.'
Originally Posted: 05/13/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

We lie to ourselves if we imagine that our sin is no less ugly in the eyes of God than the worst imaginable. Is my, or your sin, really so different? Like everyone else I would gu ...

No Room at the Inn
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 9:43am | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo Cincinnati's faith leaders cross denominational lines to standup to a corporate bully. REV. ...

Mother Jesus
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger The roles that Jesus plays in John's gospel echo those of women in first-century Palestine. ...

Enslaved at the Border
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 12:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

Curt Devine When Mexican emigration and U.S. slavery intertwine. MARTA AND LUISA had always fantasized about ...

Mothers Day: The Most Painful Holiday of the Year
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

In an effort to praise and empower marriage, healthy parenting, families, and the sanctity of life, Christian subculture often mistakenly and unintentionally alienates those around us — especially women, ...

'Girl Rising:' Changing the World, One Story at a Time
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 7:48am | Type: Blog

Through the vivid accounts of nine girls from the developing world — Cambodia, Nepal, Peru, Afghanistan, Egypt, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Haiti, and India — and their valiant struggles for the right to be educat ...

‘What Is Going On with Men?’ TEDx Speaker Urges Fellow Men to Speak Out Against Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

Who is missing from the slew of headlines this week on kidnappings, gender-based violence, and victims' paths to healing? The perpetrators themselves — which is why this TEDx video is a must-see. ...

WATCH: Elizabeth Smart on Human Trafficking, Limits of Abstinence Education
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped from her home in Salt Lake City and held in captivity for nine months in 2002 at age 14, spoke out about her experience at a human trafficking panel at Johns Hopkins Universi ...

'I Believe You:' The Silence and the Shame of Sexual Violence in Church
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

Several years ago, Amee Paparella was an eager student at a state university in Ohio. A conservative Christian, she quickly signed up to join the campus ministry. What she found in the group surprised her. “It ...

More Than 100 Million Women Lead Migrant Workers Worldwide
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

If migrants worldwide were their own country, it would be the fifth most populous in the world today. More than 100 million are women. If migrants and refugees worldwide were thei ...

Leaning In, Mommy Wars, and a Dose of Humility
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

Over the last several weeks, I’ve been trying to figure out exactly why I feel so bothered by Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In. Over the last several weeks, I’ve been trying to ...

After 10,000 Emails, Victoria’s Secret Continues Business as Usual
Originally Posted: 04/26/2013 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

Victoria's Secret's statement about “Bright Young Things” — what Sojourners has always made clear was a campaign, not a line — does not address Sojourners’ central concerns over reinforcing confusion ...

On Victoria's Secret: Speaking Up for Our Daughters
Originally Posted: 04/26/2013 - 6:12am | Type: Blog

I believed that Victoria’s Secret was putting profits above girls’ self-esteem, self-pride, and self-worth. I wanted my voice to be heard even though I had no idea if they would even listen. I wanted to share ...

The Most Interesting Woman in the World
Originally Posted: 01/14/2014 - 11:23pm | Type: Preaching the Word

John 4:5-42 Rose Marie Berger Who is the Samaritan woman with whom Jesus ...

On Leaning In
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

Sandberg’s big nod to work-life balance is that she leaves the office at 5:30 to go home for dinner with her children, and then spends another couple of hours working at home. Every day! ...

White House Council Calls for Action on Modern-day Slavery
Originally Posted: 04/11/2013 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

With a 36-page report released Wednesday, the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships hopes to build awareness of the estimated 21 million people worldwide who are subjected t ...

21 Million People Live in Bondage Worldwide, Says Report
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Human trafficking is one of the top-grossing industries in the world, and claims another victim nearly every 30 seconds. President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, a group ...

Tensions Flare Over Women’s Prayers at Sacred Western Wall
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

The ultra-Orthodox rabbi in charge of the sacred Western Wall assured a government emissary on Thursday that Jewish women will not be arrested if they try to recite the mourner’s prayer at the holy site, despi ...

Jimmy Carter vs. the SBC/Driscoll/Victoria’s Secret: A Sea Change?
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

It’s easy, in the daily course of events, to forget how pervasive such judgments against the equality of women really are, especially as we have examples of powerful women in political office and business. But ...

Change From Within
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 11:20am | Type: Magazine Article

Aimee Molloy Villages in Senegal put an end to female genital cutting—and show the power of communities learning together to change. ...

Pope Francis Says Women Play a ‘Fundamental’ Role Within the Church
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Wednesday said women play a “fundamental role” in the Catholic Church as those who are mostly responsible for passing on the faith from one generation to the next. ...

Churches Must Step Up to Help Abused Spouses
Originally Posted: 04/02/2013 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

There’s a sad history in too many Christian churches of pastors telling abused wives that their duty is, as one author noted, “to trust that God would honor her action by either stopping the abuse or giving he ...

OMG! Kim Kardashian Gains Weight While Pregnant!
Originally Posted: 04/02/2013 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

My heart breaks because we can’t get away from the objectification of women in our culture. Magazines. Television. Movies. Websites. It’s everywhere. Last week, a member of my you ...

On Scripture: How Long Does Darkness Last?
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

For the sake of the world, we should all be feminists. And given what we know about the role of independent, empowered women in the community of disciples, for the sake world, we might be “Christians.” ...

Men and Boys Behaving Badly: Where Are Their Fathers?
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 9:26am | Type: Press

March 26, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Men and Boys Behaving Badly: Where Are Their Fathers?
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

It’s a constant story line involving powerful men in politics, sports, business, and even religion: they behave with utter disregard for the dignity and humanity of women, using and abusing them at will, and s ...

Bright Young Things?
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

Victoria's Secret's new “Bright Young Things” line is a corporate declaration that young girls should be sexualized for profit. Like most women I know, I have struggl ...

Report: Delayed Marriage, More Unwed Births
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

First comes baby, then comes marriage? That is the new norm for many middle-class young Americans — and they and their children are paying a price, says a new report. First comes ...

Steubenville Rape Case: From Blame to Responsibility
Originally Posted: 03/20/2013 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

The tragedy of the Steubenville rape case has provided a moral challenge to our nation. We are caught up in a highly emotional cycle of blame as we debate who the real victim is in this case. I find myself ask ...

Rape Culture: How Our Scorn for Self-Control Drowns Out ‘No’
Originally Posted: 03/20/2013 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

It’s easy to look at the now-infamous Steubenville case and see a Penn State writ small — a story of rape in the social-media age. What’s harder to see in Steubenville is ourselves. ...

The Cost of 'Perverted' Preaching
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:46am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels We're seeing a slow but sustainable transformation of cultural attitudes toward gender and sex. ...

To Protect and To Heal
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Magazine Article

Aimee Kang The Cry of Tamar: Violence Against Women and the Church's Response. Fortress Press. OVER DINN ...

Across the Board, Peace
Originally Posted: 03/22/2013 - 3:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Jim Balmer Jim Balmer is an antiwar activist whose commitment to no ...

Real-World Solutions
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:53am | Type: Magazine Article

Marcia Pally Abortion rates have dropped, and many people of faith are very interested in the reasons why. BE ...